Dr. Lucia Bellizia, University degree in Greek and Latin Classics (and her readers easily can notice the quality of her education and knowledge ), President of Apotelesma and member of CieloeTerra, publishes in English the text of her lecture recently presented during the 10th edition of Astrological Congress sponsorized by Grazia Mirti.
About nodes, the intersection of the Lunar orbit with the ecliptic, if we so little know of the origins- at least we know the fortune they had during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, especially in that peculiar branch of talismanic and electional astrology, a name for all the Picatrix, the mysterious book compiled in the court of Alphonse the Wise, from the Arab Ghayat al-hakim.
And to another Arab astrologer – it is not a coincidence – known as Albumasar in the West is linked the fortune of Nodes until the late Renaissance, if even Pico della Mirandola in his famous best-seller against astrology Disputationes adversus astrologiam divinatricem, spent a chapter of his book to discuss about the influence of a short passage of a minor booklet called “Albumasar in Sadan” which evidently was not so minor….
Another famous Renaissance mention to the Nodes is the letter written by Pellegrino Prisciani, the astrologer of Ferrara court; its fame is due to Aby Warburg, who used it to decipher the meaning of Schifanoia frescoes. (( Aby Warburg, La Rinascita Del Paganesimo Antico Contributi Alla Storia Della Cultura. (Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1966). ))
Whatever tradition the Lunar Nodes belong to, it’s evident from these examples they very soon became part of our Western astrological tradition and Dr. Bellizia’s essay gives us an exhaustive idea of the origins and their meaning.
Bellizia starts her analysis analyzing the lemma in the famous astrological lexicon published in 1668 by Girolamo Vitali, still untranslated in any modern language, and after having examined the astronomical meaning of the nodes, describes the draco coelestis in the different ancient traditions.
The second part is wholly dedicated to the astrological testimonies in Hellenistic, Byzantine and Arab astrology, from Ptolemy to Ibn Ezra passing from Palchus, Rethorius and Albumasar.
Please notice that Bellizia in her article avoids the awful use of mixing the Vedic terminology with Western works: there is nothing worst than seeing Rahu and Kethu popping out from Renaissance texts and among Latin words as commonly can be read in the internet, but she is another level and she shows us.
This article is simply perfect. The English link to her article: Of the judgements on lunar nodes.
A final mention to a special contributor, Belial the cat.